Pirates of Nassau
During the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1690 to 1720, pirates patrolled the waters of the Caribbean, terrorizing merchant ships, and no place played a greater role in illegal pirate operations than Nassau. It is said that when a pirate slept, he did not dream of heaven, but of returning to Nassau. A visit to Pirates of Nassau takes you back to this age.
A favorite of both adults and children alike, this museum features artifacts like cutlasses and flintlock pistols dating back to the Golden Age. Plus, learn stories about famous pirates such as Blackbeard. Private bus tours are available, with flexible itineraries that can include Pirates of Nassau. The museum is self-guided.
Things to know before you go
- Pirates of Nassau is a good option for travelers with small kids or for those who want a break from the beach.
- It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to explore the museum.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to get there
Located in downtown Nassau, one block off of Bay Street and close to the Straw Market, the museum is easily accessible by car from most places on the island and is near other major tourist attractions and hotels. It’s conveniently located by the cruise ship terminal and is reachable by foot from there.
When to get there
Like most attractions on Nassau, aim to visit when there are no (or few) cruise ships docked to avoid the biggest crowds. Overall, Pirates of Nassau might be worth a visit in the morning before hitting the beach or in the afternoon if you want to beat the heat. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Sundays.
To see another side of Nassau history, visit Fort Charlotte, the 18th-century fortification that was named after King George III’s wife, Queen Saharia Charlotte, and built for a battle that never took place. It’s one of the most-visited forts in the Caribbean and offers stunning views of Paradise Island, Nassau, and the harbor.
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